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STEPS OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM

1.  Individual reports crime to law enforcement.

2.   Investigation/Arrest/Formal Reading of charge in Metropolitan Court.

3.  Grand Jury or Preliminary Hearing to establish if probable cause exists to bind defendant  over to District Court.

4.  Arraignment and formal charge in District Court and review of bond conditions.

5.  Formal pretrial motions and hearings.

6.  Pre-Trial Conference.

7.  Jury Trial or plea by defendant.

8.  Sentencing Hearing.

9.  Appeals if filed.

Taken from:  VICTIM IMPACT PROGRAM brochure.
                      Office of the District Attorney, New Mexico.

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